In Short Measures

In Short Measures

Three Novellas

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"A propulsively well-written trio of novellas linked by a sense of loss and an inquiry into the impossible past." --Kate Christensen

In his three novellas, "In Short Measures," "Strong Conspirators," and "Sally Forth," Michael Ruhlman delves deeply into the nuanced complexity of romantic and sexual love--and the inevitable evolution of the heart over the span of years and decades.

Each novella asks questions about the nature of love in terms of loyalty and fidelity--what are one's obligations toward one's spouse, one's family, and one's heart? In the first novella, "In Short Measures," these questions are bound up in a writer's work and a long-ago love. In the second, "Strong Conspirators," an unforeseen, cataclysmic event calls for responses from a husband and wife that have never been rehearsed because they have never been required nor even imagined. In "Sally Forth," a pair of old friends is forced to explore lost youth and lost love relative to maturity, marriage, and the passage of time.

Profoundly thought-provoking and satisfying, these novellas are beautifully written with plot twists from beginning to end that will captivate the reader.

Skyhorse Publishing, as well as our Arcade, Yucca, and Good Books imprints, are proud to publish a broad range of books for readers interested in fiction--novels, novellas, political and medical thrillers, comedy, satire, historical fiction, romance, erotic and love stories, mystery, classic literature, folklore and mythology, literary classics including Shakespeare, Dumas, Wilde, Cather, and much more. While not every title we publish becomes a New York Times bestseller or a national bestseller, we are committed to books on subjects that are sometimes overlooked and to authors whose work might not otherwise find a home.
Publisher: New York, NewYork : Skyhorse Publishing, 2015
ISBN: 9781634502252
1634502256
Branch Call Number: FICTION Ruhlman 2015
Characteristics: 334 pages : 24 cm

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Mar 06, 2016

I enjoyed this collection of stories. The theme of relationships and mid-life, committed love served us, the readers, well. Aside from the literary name dropping, each story held my interest and created compelling and interesting characters who I enjoyed spending time with. The second is most definitely the strongest story. But the three make for good story-telling.

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